New Opportunities for Hydrotalcites

Collaboration with Johnson Matthey

Challenge overview


Johnson Matthey, the Seeker for this Challenge, produces different magnesium (Mg) and aluminum (Al) containing spray dried products – hydrotalcite-like and mixed metal oxides – with average particle sizes in the range of 80-110 micrometers and is seeking help identifying new opportunities and/or potential partners to collaborate on applications for these or modified materials. Submissions are welcome from Solvers seeking a collaborative partnership and from Solvers who can identify specific companies and contacts as potential users of one or more of the materials.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.



Johnson Matthey produces magnesium (Mg) and aluminum (Al) spray dried products – hydrotalcite-like and mixed metal oxides – with high surface area and pore volume and is seeking new applications for these materials. Typically, these are used in Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) units in Oil Refineries and other applications that require fluidized materials. The Seeker is seeking to identify large, specific, and actionable new opportunities for applications utilizing these or closely-related materials.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 2-4 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed upon time frame.

NOTE: Proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work directly as the collaboration partner or customer will be considered first. The Seeker will also consider proposals from other Solvers who propose new uses and potential suitable companies for a finder’s fee of $2,000 USD if the proposed use and company is pursued. See full description for details.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 11-Apr-2023.
Late submissions will not be considered.



Our vision is for a world that’s cleaner and healthier, today and for future generations. As a global leader in sustainable technologies, we apply our cutting edge science, creating solutions with our customers that make a real difference to the world around us. We have annual sales of over £4.2 billion and an annual operating profit of over £539 million with a gross R&D spend of £190m.


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What is an eRFP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the Wazoku Crowd Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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